WCPE's Education Fund: FAQ


Q: What is the WCPE Educational Fund?
A: The Educational Fund was created to help WCPE sponsor and organize classical music educational events and experiences in the community.

Q: How can I contribute to this fund?
A: When you make a membership gift to The Classical Station, you can forgo a thank-you gift and choose, instead, to contribute a portion of your membership gift to the WCPE Educational Fund.

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Meet the Committee Members

Jack Gartner

Jack Gartner was born and lived in New York City (Queens) until he and his wife moved to Durham. He graduated from Queens

College as a History major in 1961. He is a past president of the Queens College Alumni Association.

Jack has spent more than 45 years in aviation and the airport management industry. Thirty five of those years were in the port authority of NY and NJ, and most of those years were at John F Kennedy International Airport. When he retired, Jack was Assistant Director for Operations, Maintenance and Security for LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports. For the past thirteen years, he has been doing a variety of assignments as an aviation consultant.

Since moving to Durham in 1999, Jack has done volunteer work with the Triangle’s classical radio station, WCPE, and for the North Carolina Symphony; been a student and instructor at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Duke (“How Airports Work”); Chaired the Lifestyles Curriculum Committee at OLLI; a member of OLLI’s 30th anniversary planning committee and is presently past president of the OLLI Board of Advisors.

Jack lives in Durham with his wife Rita (also an OLLI member). He is extremely fortunate that his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons also live in Durham.

Frank Schiermeier

Frank graduated from St. Louis University with degrees in mathematics and meteorology, and did doctoral work in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. Following a three-year stint in the Air Force, he spent 35 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, the last 18 years of which he served as Director of an EPA air pollution research Division.

At various times, he chaired environmental agreements with Japan, Canada, Russia and NATO, and is currently an honorary lifetime member of the NATO Committee on Science for Peace and Security.

Since retirement in 2001, Frank has been active with the local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the Finance and Development Committee of the NC State University Encore Program, the American Legion, and with WCPE as a volunteer. Frank lives in Cary with his wife, Marilyn, who is also a volunteer at WCPE.

Carolyn Zahnow

Carolyn Zahnow has many roles: author of “Save the Teens: Preventing suicide, depression and addiction,” facilitator and founder of Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide support group and communications manager at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Carolyn also is an advocate for adolescents, teens and young adults. She speaks at schools and libraries sharing information about the signs of teen depression and substance abuse. She has volunteered at WCPE since 2006. Carolyn lives in Youngsville with her husband Dan and their dog, Sheila.

Rae Weaver

Formerly from New York and Ann Arbor, MI, Rae is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Economics and Political Science. Rae was involved for many years in politics in Michigan and was later in Development for the St Joseph Mercy Health System in Southeastern Michigan. She is currently the Director of Development for WCPE.

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